Speaking to Arsenal magazine, club legend Thierry Henry has admitted he is regularly speaking to Arsène Wenger about becoming a manager.

The all-time record goalscorer at Arsenal, Henry is now helping around during u18 and u19 training sessions in between his work as a pundit for Sky. Currently in the process of doing his coaching badges, the Frenchman is learning on the job with the Arsenal youth teams and looking to utilise the wisdom and experience of his former boss.

“We speak about training youngsters and how it’s different to training senior players,” Henry said. “We talk about being a manager, we talk about players from the academy. I will ask him questions on how to deal with certain situations.

“I’m obtaining my badges right now with the Welsh FA and looking to gain the A-licence. It goes without saying that I asked Arsenal if I could do that with them and be involved with the team.

“I asked the boss and he said to come, train with the Under-18s and 19s and help conduct sessions. I’m just an assistant at the minute, I’m not a coach but it’s great, as you can imagine.”

Henry has been seen on the bench during UEFA Youth League matches this season, when Arsenal use an u19 team. After coming through a group with Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb they face Anderlecht in the next round of the competition.

When it comes to managing, it seems pretty clear that Henry has his eyes on eventually having a role with the Arsenal first team, even if he doesn’t say so himself.

“It’s the place I love, there’s so much emotion for me here so this was always going to be where I wanted to start my coaching.

“I have a certain view of how I would like teams to play but it’s one thing to have a view and another to try and execute it. For example, are you still going to maintain that philosophy if you’ve lost two or three games, while fans are upset, the press is having a go and players are storming into your office?”

That’s what Wenger has had to cope with, and Henry is smart to seek advice from his former manager. Hopefully Arsenal help Henry as much as possible and, eventually, he is likely to be given the chance to prove his worth to the club.

He shouldn’t, however, be given a job based on his reputation and past achievements with the club. Time will tell whether or not Thierry Henry has what it takes to become a coach, or even a manager, at Arsenal.

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